For your delightful Vistula Ethnographic Park & Lipowiec Castle Tour From Krakow you will be picked up from your hotel reception desk in the lobby of your hotel at the time arranged with the local activity operator. Alternatively you can join the tour at 2 Swietego Jana Street.
You’ll travel in a car or a minibus (depending on the size of your party). with your English speaking guide. The tour will involve quite a lot of walking, so do make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes.
Leaving Krakow you will drive to the Vistula Ethnographic Park in Wygielzow, about 45 minutes from Krakow. Here, at the foot of Lipowiec Castle, you will find a large open-air museum with 23 or more fascinating cultural exhibits displayed in a reconstructed village.
A stroll around the village reveals the life of West Cracovian peasants of the 17th to 20th centuries. You’ll see the market place with a 19th century well, a water mill, an oil mill, and lovely old wooden houses and barns. You’ll find out what the peasants wore and learn about the village crafts such as candle-making, pottery, weaving and wicker-work.
You’ll see key buildings such as a 19th century tavern – the “Zagroda Inn” –a 17th century church with a bell tower and a village school. Make sure you don’t miss the 18th century brick manor house. Step inside to see the beautiful reconstructed tile stoves from the beginning of the 19th century and the exhibitions showing the life of a wealthy noble family.
Looking down on the open-air museum are the ruins of Lipowiec Castle, which you will visit with your guide. Dating from the 13th century, the castle was for many years in the hands of the Krakow bishops. At first its purpose was as a fortress to defend the trade routes but it later became a prison and a reformatory house for dissident clergy.
Climb up to the top of the tallest tower and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding forest and the open-air museum below before boarding your vehicle to return to Krakow. At the end of the tour you will be dropped at your hotel or at 2 Swietego Jana Street.